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UEFA Champions League Matchday Three: A Look Ahead


Real Madrid's Kaka faces off against former club AC Milan while French champions Bordeaux take on Bayern Munich in today's marquee match-ups in UEFA Champions League group play.

Milan has struggled badly since Kaka's departure, but must now find a way to win in Madrid, while the winner of today's Bordeaux-Bayern clash will take control of a difficult Group A.

Those are just two of today's matches. Here is a look at today's Champions League TV schedule:

2:45pm- FSC/FSE- Real Madrid vs. AC Milan

2:45pm- Setanta USA- Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid

4:45pm- Setanta USA- Real Madrid vs. AC Milan (Delayed)

5pm- FSC- Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid (Delayed)

6:30pm- Setanta USA- CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United (Delayed)

(Note: All group matches are available via DirecTV's Sports Package)

Here is a full rundown of today's matches:

Bordeaux vs. Bayern Munich. The top teams in Group A square off with Bordeaux coming in on a slump, having lost two straight Ligue 1 matches. Bayern will be without Arjen Robben, but French star Franck Ribery should enjoy his homecoming.

Juventus vs. Maccabi Haifa. Juve is struggling, having gone winless in four Serie A matches, but should still be favored to roll through Maccabi Haifa at home.

CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United. United can put a stranglehold on the top spot in Group B with a win, but taking three points in Russia won't be easy.

VfL Wolfsburg vs. Besiktas. Wolfsburg gave Manchester United a tough test at Old Trafford, but three points from this home game are a must for the German champions.

FC Zurich vs. Marseille. With its upset of AC Milan providing confidence, Zurich will look to hold serve at home against a Marseille side that has lost three of four in all competitions.

Real Madrid vs. AC Milan. Kaka will surely feel some emotions in facing his former team, but that won't stop Real Madrid from going after a suspect Milan defense.

Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid. It's strange to call Chelsea strugglers since they lead Group D with a 2-0 record, but the Blues have been far from impressive lately. Atletico has attacking weapons, but has looked thoroughly underwhelming this season.

Porto vs. APOEL Nicosia. Porto thrashed Atletico in its last group match and comes in having won five of six in league play.


Which matches are you looking forward to the most today? What upset do you see taking place today to rival Tuesday's Rubin Kazan victory against Barcelona?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. would love to see XSK lay down the law, but really can’t see Man U losing.

    Madrid should have an easy win, since Ronaldo is still hurt(right?), that will actually let hem play as a team…..

  2. What am I NOT looking forward to?

    FSC’s terrible coverage of soccer. Their low definition, poor pre-game announcers make me want to vomit.

  3. And once again, Fox screws those of us without the higher TV packages and won’t air any second-day matches on FSN. With ESPN I at least knew I would be able to watch one match on Tuesday and one on Wednesday.

    It’s not like baseball is in the way anymore. What’s on FSN Pittsburgh this afternoon instead of CL? USARacing Pro Cup Series, Championship Billiards, and Best Damn Top 50 Special. None live, none new programs.


  4. AC Milan points out a real oddity of these competitions. It’s not unique to them at all but this team has no business being in a Champions League this season, they’re pretty awful. Much like Liverpool. I suppose there is nothing to be done about it but the Real Madrid- Milan game ought to be an embarrassment today.


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